by Kahlil Gibran
This book is a bit different than our typical selections. I felt like it would be a good one to get back into the groove with. It is an absolute classic. Just hear what the Chicago Post had to say about The Prophet:
"Cadenced and vibrant with feeling, the words of Kahlil Gibran bring to one's ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes.
...If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man's philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth."
Whoa. What? Yes. Sold.
I won't bother writing too much more. Grab this one. If you haven't heard of or read this one already, well now you have.
- Read a section a day and reflect on it.
- Think of what section you liked the best.
- What is your favorite passage?
It was a smaller group this time, but a very high quality discussion on this deep and poetic book. Gibran leads you into deep introspection as you reflect on his beautiful prose. Some of the favorite topics of the group are identified below:
- The constant reminder that a sense of self, even in relationships with loved ones and kids, is very important. In marriage, he reflects upon the fact that two people should remain individuals in their interests and strengths, but share the love and common beliefs that bind them. With kids, its about imparting your values and guidelines upon them, but allowing their own being to create their path.
- Understanding that it takes sorrow to understand joy gives you a lot of perspective on life. If everything was always great, would you know that you are so lucky?
- You are not as weak as your weakest link. You can be as strong as your strongest despite your flaws.
There are many other life lessons to be had in this book. If I were to summarize any more, I would be on the verge of rewriting it. It's not that long, so do yourself a favor and pick this one up.
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